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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Meet Scott Pilgrim- He’s an unemployed 23-year-old slacker. He loves to play video games. He shares an apartment with his gay and stern roommate Wallace Wells. When he’s not busy slouching about, he’s out rocking as a bass player with his amateur Garage band Sex Bob-Omb.

Pilgrim’s lifestyle suddenly kicks up when he falls for the captivating Ramona Flowers with eclectic colored hair. However, he can only be with her under the condition that he defeats her seven evil ex-boyfriends.

With ex-boyfriends such as Lucas, a leather-clad jerk with super-human strength, Todd the egoistical rock star who plays bass with his psychic powers and Matthew who has mystical powers that allow him to summon demon hipster chicks, there’s no doubt Scott Pilgrim has his work cut out for him.

“Scott Pilgrim is a love story and is a romantic comedy, it has this pop-art feel to it, so the movie starts off in this real world then quickly flowers into something fantastical,” Director Edgar Wright said.

Scott Pilgrim is originally based on the six graphic novels by Canadian award-winning artist Bryan Lee O’Malley. They were first released through August 2004 to July 2010. The novels have even gained more popularity and buzz since the first announcement of the movie version in January 2010.

What’s more pleasing is that the Director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz is taking the reigns on this project. If you’re familiar with Wright’s previous works. You can be sure the movie will be insanely intense. The movie is shot with all the comic-book style onomatopoeia and 8-bit heads-up displays that resonates with the classic video-gamer generation.

“The character  is the hero of the movie inside his own head — and this, essentially, is the movie. So it’s kind of a daydream for people who’ve been brought up on Saturday morning cartoons and video games and too many sugary products,” O’Malley said in an MTV interview.

Dedicated fans will be extremely pleased the movie does not completely deviate from the comic book’s presentation and new followers will appreciate the unique style of the film as well.

“Presented in glorious 2 dimensions, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a visual marvel that has depth and texture without relying on the 3D gimmick that dominates the cinema today,” according to David Pinson from News in Film.

I think this a great movie because it has something for everyone to relate to. Those who survived the social pressures of high school and are now going through college. People with daydreams who create  and get lost in their own worlds. Every now and then we like to live in nostalgia. We’ve all had that crush on that one girl or guy we wanted to date but were too afraid to say something because there were other people we thought were better than us.

That’s where Scott Pilgrim comes in and shows that we can overcome our fear and fight for what we really believe in. So be sure to head out on the theaters when it comes out.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World opens on August 13, 2010.

EA Sports Canada is looking to upgrade its annual FIFA Soccer franchise with new gameplay and concepts as usual. These tweaks in FIFA have been either great or absolutely horrid.

But since FIFA 09, FIFA has managed to provide a consistent gameplay experience. However, what was lacking for me in FIFA was its presentation. It never felt like you were at a soccer game because the game lacked a lot of emphasis on the little things.

Now FIFA 11 is trying to step it up once more in terms of gameplay, the visual presentation and emotion with a new gaming feature- Personality+

According to Senior Producer of EA Sports Canada David Rutter, Personality+ determines how individual players will play,  react and move on the pitch. For example, high skilled players will be able to dribble better and take less touches than low skilled players. High skilled players will be able to improvise and pull off bicycle kicks whereas a low skilled player has to uncomfortably turn around to hit the ball.

Personality+ sees a soccer player’s performance on the pitch mirrored authentically in game, differentiated and replicated for every player’s skill-set. New body types and player models will further help identify players. Personality+ at every position on the pitch reinvents how players look, and perform – on and off the ball. Celebrations have been tweaked so  your teammates will interact with you instead of looking on at you like retarded drones when you pull them off.

So when you score a goal with Nani of Manchester United and hold down a specific button, he will perform his signature kick-up backflip. Michael Essien, for example, has a box-to-box trait which means he’ll run like a nutter all match long from box to box – like he does. Wayne Rooney has high defence and high attack work rate, which means he will always try and attack, and he will always try and defend, whereas Berbatov might not. In addition, a new feature that’s been added to FIFA 11 is the new Pro Passing System.

Pro Passing is a new passing system where pass accuracy is determined by a gamer’s ability on the control pad, and player skill, situation and urgency on the pitch. Poor decisions or over/under striking the ball will mean error-prone outcomes. New types of passes such as swerve passes will enable players to make a safer and more effective play. This will forever rid the cheap  and unskilled strategy of “ping-pong passing” behind last year’s FIFA 10.

“Pro passing combats ping-pong passing, where people just press pass, pass, pass to easily get up the field. So you will have to think about how you’re going to build up the play. You will have to  weight your passes a little bit better or they will be underhit or overhit,”  according to FIFA 11’s Creative Director Gary Paterson.

The new changes seem like a great idea and I hope they add more substance to the upcoming title. Especially with Personality+, which will make the game more realistic and  will provide a more authentic soccer experience. Those complaining about how the new features take the fun out of FIFA should play FIFA Street or Pro Evolution Soccer. For FIFA 11 is all about real soccer simulation.

FIFA 11 will hit shelves in North America on September 28, 2010.

Arsenal lifted the Emirates Cup once again on August 1, 2010

A 3-2 win over Celtic FC at Emirates Stadium secured the trophy for the third time in four years with Carlos Vela, Bacary Sagna and Samir Nasri all on the scoresheet. However, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere won man of the match.

The major pots are Arsenal’s priority of course and they would no doubt swap the Emirates Cup for the Premier League or Champions League next May.

But it’s nice to win any trophy and Arsenal enjoyed the moment after the final whistle blew.

How to Talk to a Widower

Is there really an interesting story about a depressed young man who does nothing but painfully mourn his wife’s death in a plane crash? Not really, but author Jonathan Tropper puts a damn unique and hilarious spin on this one. I picked up How to Talk to a Widower on a calm summer day and like what most book critics would say, “I couldn’t put it down!”

We’ve already seen movies or read books about being single, dating and having secret affairs with nymphomaniac cougars but Tropper puts this altogether in a refreshingly new insight. Seriously.

Lovable characters such as a rebellious and wise-cracking teen and a semi-dysfunctional family that unintentionally wind up in laugh-out loud moments make it a great read. It may not be one of the best novels out there but it is so entertaining and vivid, it’s like reading the inevitable movie version itself.  If you haven’t read this already, be sure to pick up this enjoyable novel by Jonathan Tropper.

Thank Me Later

Thank Me Later, Drake’s debut studio album is undoubtedly living proof that highlights the rapper’s versatile talents. Especially with the alternative  track “Cece’s Interlude”

Unlike most rap artists, Drake isn’t scared to show a softer side with this gripping and sentimental ballad. Making it the song of the day. Enjoy.

Jane Lindenfelser, a 29-year-old education teacher wakes up at 5:30 a.m. to work on her taxes and files through countless stacks of paperwork and housing applications. After hearing about an increase in housing affordability, she is trying to strike while the iron is hot.

The teacher stays in a town-house one-bedroom apartment situated in the urban streets of Baltimore, Md. She was recently offered a promotion at work giving her more incentive to buy herself a home.

“I’m looking for a home now primarily because of the extended tax credit. This also seemed like a good time to buy personally and I’ve decided to stay and settle in Baltimore,” Lindenfelser said.

Buying a house has come at an opportune time since the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (MDHCD) announced lowered interest rates under the Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP) in March 2010.

MDHCD Secretary Raymond A. Skinner announced that interest rates for zero point mortgages under the MMP were reduced to 5.25 percent. He also added the rate reduction took effect immediately to increase access to mortgage loan funding.

Approximately, $257 million was provided to MDHCD through the federal government’s New Issue Bond Program (NIBP) which is part of President Barack Obama’s plan to help stabilize the housing market. MDHCD expects to serve nearly 1,600 new homeowners through NIBP and MMP.

“Homeownership is a foundation of strong sustainable communities, and with all the incentives Maryland is able to offer in conjunction with President Obama’s homeownership tax credit, this is a good time to buy,” according to Skinner.

Former Homeownership advisor Shaneece Hudson from Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore (NHSB) discussed the benefits of buying a home.

“When you purchase a home, you can use that equity to finance a car, maintain its value or put your kids through college. it’s just a great asset because it’s yours alone, ” Hudson said.

Unlike renting, the occupant makes payments to the landlord and leasing becomes expensive during the long-run because that is money he or she will never get back.

Despite the good news and sheer prosperity of housing in Maryland, Lindenfelser is still taking all precautions and evaluating all the steps she needs to take before she makes a move.

“That’s great news because I definitely have to get a mortgage to finance this purchase. Just to be safe, I spoke with different mortgage bankers to tget pre-approved. I have found this process to be very informative because the actual numbers are very telling in terms of what I can and can’t afford,” Lindenfelser said.

The NHSB has been counseling first-time homebuyers such as Lindenfelser to create and sustain homeownership opportunities through customized lending and consumer education since 1974.

“Informed homebuyers are better equipped to make better decisions especially in regard to taking out loans at a rate they can afford from a bank,” NHSB Education Manager Patricia Hull said.

The NHSB also offers customized loans for first-time homebuyers especially those who cannot afford loans at average rates.

“They refinanced my mortgage, lowered my interest rate to 5.95 percent and cut my monthly payments down by $400. I was so pleased with their service and amazed with their ability to help me,” Baltimore resident Angela Parker said in a client testimonial on the NHSB Web site.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to share in the American dream, which is own a home. It creates wealth, strengthens families and revitalizes the neighborhood,” according to NHSB.

Aside from learning about the home buying process and acquiring a loan, selecting the right real estate agent is also an important factor within the process.

Lindenfelser linked with up a real estate Karin Batterton from Guildford Real Estate through a referral from her colleague.

“I selected my real estate agent after interviewing three other agents. The other agents felt like they were pressuring and clawing for my business,” Lindenfelser said. “I chose her because fit my style and she seemed like someone I could trust,”

The two discussed details over coffee together at Common Ground’s Coffee shop not far from Lindenfelser’s apartment.

Homebuyers or sellers are usually wary of real estate agents because they the agents do not always look out for their best interest.

Most real estate agents in today’s market charge 5 to 6 percent of the sales price of the house for their services, of that amount, half is usually provided as an incentive for the buyers’ agent, making the selling agent take only about 3 percent. But that 3 percent is usually split halfway with the agent’s company, which means the agent is likely to get about 1.5 percent of the sales price according to business columnists Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner from the New York Times.

Dubner also added due to the way commission is structured, it is not in the real estate agent’s best interests to get the best price for a home. Getting the most money for their seller is not their priority because they want the customer to buy the house as soon as possible. They may offer a good price but never the best one.

“It is far more profitable for a Realtor to get the seller to take the first reasonable offer of $300,000 that comes along than waiting another week and or two and get $310,000 instead,” Dubner said.

“Making a sale is important but getting the customer or client to have confidence in you and earning their trust always comes first,” Batterton said on her real estate Web site. “I make sure I inform the buyer or seller on homeownership advice so they make the best decisions for the most purchase or sale,” Batterton said.

Lindenfelser is still in the process of searching for a home and is looking to get a mortgage loan from Chevy Chase Bank once she finds a house. During that process she has been trying to calculate her debt-to-income ratio.

“You want to pay the least amount of money out of your pocket and have the lowest monthly payment,” Lindenfelser said.

Debt-to-income ratio compares the amount of debt (excluding mortgage or rent payment) to one’s income. The ratio is best figured on a monthly basis. For example, if one monthly take-home pay is $2,000 and the homebuyers pays $400 per month in debt payment for loans and credit cards, his or her debt-to-income ratio is 20 percent ($400 divided by $2,000= .20).

Mortgage banks use debt-to-income ratio to determine what rate they will lend a loan or if it is even safe enough to lend a loan.

“Letting your ratio rise above 20 percent may jeopardize your ability to make major purchases of a home, keep you from getting the lowest available interest rates and best credit terms,” according to Incharge Debt Solutions, a nonprofit credit counseling Web site.

 “I learned a lot about that so I would know where I stand financially,” Lindenfelser said.

With all that taken care of, she hopes to settle in a home very soon.

Reporting From Capitol Hill to the Newseum

I asked myself, was it worth waking up at 5:30 in the morning to go on a school trip to a place as formal and ordinary as Washington, D.C.? It is comprised of nothing but just capitol cities, museums, monuments, buildings and infinite intersections of streets.

Never mind I thought, I knew our assignment. We were going to see another historic site and write what we learned about it. I was always disengaged from these field trips and reluctant about learning anything. There was no point to it.

After almost four hours on the road and looking out the window of the coach bus, we arrived. Another insignificant return to the capitol district. I was bored. Even with the warm weather of springtime and cherry blossoms , I was oblivious to it all.

Our group walked northwest past a couple of street lights and crosswalks on Constitution Avenue all the way to what looked like another corporate building. It was actually a museum but not just any museum- it was the Newseum.

I never knew that it was at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street on America’s Main Street between the White House and the U.S. Capitol and adjacent to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. It is a 250,000 square-foot archive of information and history regarding anything that is newsworthy. I was pleasantly surprised from what I saw inside.

It was massively impressive. Six floors that blend five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. There was a multimedia billboard, an electronic news timeline, digital displays and video cameras. There were also historical artifacts displays including a piece of the Berlin Wall.

Through interacting with the Newseum, I even got to report from Capitol Hill by simulating a broadcasting package. I did well and it was a lot of fun.

I really appreciated photojournalism display of the Pulitzer Prize Photographs.  They grabbed  my attention from the start.

“If it makes you laugh, if it makes you cry, if it rips out your heart, that’s a good picture,” an engraved quote by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eddie Adams said.

I felt that when I saw a picture of the Columbine shooting by George Kochaniec, Jr, who won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize photograph. I felt the despair and heartache of students crying in an anguished embrace from losing loved ones. Without these photos, any news story will not have that telling impact of what really happened even if it is written well.

I also stopped by the Newseum theatre to watch a short biography of Elvis Presley’s career as one of America’s greatest entertainers. He was known for his unprecedented  moves of hip-shaking and quick feet shuffles. They were so controversial because the public saw his dance moves as vulgar and the news coverage on him spread like sensational wildfire. He was a great entertainer during his time and his death had a huge impact on music in America.  The Newseum also had Presley artifacts on display including his famous glittering  jumpsuit he wore during rehearsals for the “Aloha from Hawaii” concert in 1973.

I also took interest in Nigerian reporter and Editor Babafemi Ojudu. He was imprisoned in 1998 for writing against a military dictator’s cruel acts and corrupt acts against helpless Nigerians. Jailers tortured Ojudu because he refused to give up identity of his sources  on the published reports about the dictator. For me, it was a great lesson in African journalism and the fact that he became a martyr for his beliefs. The Newseum also had a display of his shirt that was specked with blood.

One historical event that I took away from the Newseum was about the Ku Klux Klan march in 1925 in Washington, D.C.

I felt terrible and shameful of an event to take place in American history but given the times and state the country was in, it is not that surprising. Once I thought about it, The Jim crow laws, the segregation,  the racial barriers would only fan the flames that would burn for the Civil Rights movement and racial equality, which was led by great historical figures Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.

It was an emotional and exciting experience at the Newseum. After our time there, we left to go to Congress.

It was not as exciting as the Newseum but I definitely learned something really important that day. As our group split up to even smaller groups, we went to see a short film on the history of America’s struggle for Independence, the formation of Congress and the Constitution.

It gave me goose bumps, just knowing how far a country has come to fought with tyrant England then with itself during the Civil War. I just appreciated America’s history a lot more than I did. After leaving the city and returning to back to my dorm in Liberty. I had a lot more respect for Washington D.C. after the trip.

Reporting from Capitol to the Newseum

Lynchburg, VA- Communication students from Liberty University learned that the police and the news media can actually work together in keeping the public safe during a speech on crime and news media coverage.

Lt. Alan Faircloth of the Lynchburg Police Department (LPD) and WSET Senior Anchor Noreen Turyn from ABC 13 informed students of their respective roles.

Faircloth has been with the LPD for 29 years and is currently working as a part-time Public Information Officer (PIO).

“Our job is to work closely with the media and with other people that are looking for information in general or specifically regarding crime scenes or the police,” Faircloth said.

Turyn has worked 20 years at WSET switching from various news jobs from reporting to producing before rising as the managing editor.

“My beat for all my years has been coverage of courts and crimes. I’ve been to many crime scenes and I love it. My dad worked in the FBI for many years so it’s something that’s in my blood,” Turyn said.

“Lynchburg is fortunate to have a law enforcement agency and local media that get along so well because usually the law and the media go at each other all the time. You have the law saying ‘We have the information, you don’t’ and the media wants information but they don’t get it,” Faircloth said.

Students also learned that the media and law enforcement tend to misunderstand each other. News reporters would inquire about certain information during crime scenes and police supervisors would have no idea or any background about that information.

As a result, the PIO was born. The PIO is designated to disperse public information upon request. The LPD has implemented the PIO service in its agency for three years now.

“We had to have a central source of releasing information because of conflicting information, so having a PIO made things a lot easier,” Faircloth said.

However, Faircloth also noted that a PIO is  not always available during various police investigations or would not disclose certain information due to reasons such as protecting family privacy, classified information or suspect data crucial to the preservation of an investigation.

Turyn concurs, having an understanding of what information the police can withhold is crucial to bridging the relationship gap between law enforcement and the media.

“we don’t want to ruin an investigation or have a murder go unsolved just because we released information [we should not have]. Our role in the media is to make sure the public stays safe and is informed,” Turyn said.

In maintaining that role, Turyn added that reporters take what they can get from the police in order to inform the public about dark alleys, murders, random killings or drug busts all for the sake of public safety.

“It is true that we have a really great relationship with the LPD and it is good that we can get the most information we need,” Turyn said.

She also added that most information is available to reporters if they build a rapport with police officers and earn their trust. In several other counties, more polices districts are more reluctant because of the distrusting views towards reporters.

Trust between the police and the media is very important because it can bring the two closer to solving a crime like a murder that took place in Campbell County Turyn covered six months ago.

“We were covering the murder of a man who was involved with a pagan bike gang and we decided to do a story on pagans. An officer I knew stopped us short and told us ‘the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree’.” Turyn said.

This gave Turyn a clue as she later found out that the biker was murdered by his own wife.

It also works the other way around, reporters can give police information they found out about a certain investigation which can help  police solve the crime.

Despite the improved relationship among the press and the police, sometimes the media is also responsible for keeping the police in line and will report stories of questionable ethics among the police.

The reporter also stressed to students that the police cannot always give all the information that is needed during a report. She advised a bargaining process of information or investigating is a good way to get the story.

“”You don’t have to get everything from the police, ask people what they  saw, go from door to door and just ask,”” Turyn said.

At the end of the speech, Turyn and Faircloth gave more technical advice to students on covering crime scenes. Including reporting ethics, discretion and other dependent rules but most importantly- freedom of the press.

“We are the public and we have the right to information, as a reporter you should know when you are allowed to report and when to back off  but never let anyone intimidate you,” Turyn said.

“Yes, never take no for an answer, this might be cliché but you have to think outside the box. Always ask why. Don’t be afraid to develop meaningful relationships with other people. Work on building that trust,” Faircloth said.

Plagiarism

A student is working on his English paper. It is 2 a.m. and he is terribly tired and wants to retreat back to his bed. He shouldn’t have stayed up all night and played Halo with his friends he thought. He has only written one paragraph and has over 1,500 words left to go. He then quickly goes on to a Web site about English literature. He copies and pastes what he wants into the rest of “his” paper, “his” work and goes back to bed. This is a classic case of plagiarism and is very serious problem

According to the Random House Compact Unabridged Dictionary, plagiarism is defined as, “The use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work.”

In addition to that, no proper credit or acknowledgement is given to the original source. That is why plagiarism is branded as an act of dishonesty. Plagiarism is an infectious stigma that corrupts academic progress and also disgraces the field of journalism. Unfortunately, it happens all the time and there are many of those “Really high up there” cases where plagiarism has impacted a student, a reporter or a professor’s career. And believe me, it’s always for the worse.

One particular example of plagiarism occurred when historian Doris Kearns Goodwin admitted to copying several passages from other authors in her best-seller “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys” right before she was to participate as a judge for the Pulitzer Prize in 2002. As a result, Goodwin withdrew from the Pulitzer Prizes. According to an online news archive from CNN, the board was left to sort out Goodwin’s mess.

“Pulitzer board adminstrator Seymour Topping announced Goodwin’s withdrawal Monday and added that the Pulitzer Prize board ‘had made no decision on the controversy,'”

This had a very negative impact on the Pulitzer board because it was under bad press and the board had to recover from such controversy in order to maintain its high standard and reputation for the Pulitzer Prize. Goodwin also resigned as a commentator on PBS’ “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” It must have been the guilt of knowing what she did was wrong.

In 2001, renowned historian Stephen Ambrose had his career in controversial shambles after an article from the Weekly Standard by Fred Barnes first discovered his book “The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s over Germany” contained several identical words and phrases from Thomas Childers’s 1995 “Wings of Morning: The Story of the Last American Bomber Shot Down over Germany in World War II.”

“The two books are similar in more than just subject. Whole passages in ‘The Wild Blue’ are barely distinguishable from those in ‘Wings of Morning.’ Sentences in Ambrose’s book are identical to sentences in Childers’s. Key phrases from ‘Wings of Morning,’ such as ‘glittering like mica’ and ‘up, up, up,’ are repeated verbatim in ‘The Wild Blue.’ None of these- the passages, sentences, phrases is put in quotation marks and ascribed to Childers,” Barnes said.

Consequently, there was a tireless influx of news stories and online articles about Ambrose’s use of plagiarism. All of them as a media called out Ambrose on his dishonest and unethical work. In the end, Ambrose released a public apology but his reputation and career as historic writer was ultimately destroyed.

Then there is the infamous reporter from the New York Times Jayson Blair who had plagiarized reporter Macarena Hernandez’s story about a missing soldier in Iraq from the Sun Antonio Express-News. This led to an investigation by the New York Times against Blair and they found out that 36 of the 73 stories that he wrote between Oct. 2002 and May 2003 were either made up or taken from other sources and were not given proper credit.

Blair was inevitably fired from the The New York Times. It was a disgrace and the Times referred to Blair’s career as a “profound betrayal of trust and a low point in the 152-year history of the newspaper,”

This is plagiarism on a massive scale and is completely unacceptable.

In short, I would never want to commit such dishonest and unethical work. Plagiarism ultimately leads to the destruction of one’s work and career. Any student, writer or reporter should learn a valuable lesson from these previous examples. It is important that your work is ethical at all times and should exhibit good intentions and objective honesty if you use a source in your work, you must cite it or give credit when it’s due or else it is nothing but plagiarism.

Edward R. Murrow from "Good Night and Good Luck"

It is October 15, 1958. There are men dressed up in expensive black-tie suits, women flaunting their bright dresses and expensive jewelry. It is near impossible to find a hand without a cigarette as smoke floats cloudily all over the place. There is a highly sophisticated atmoshphere attached to all the socializing, bright lights and jazzy music playing in the background at the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) in Chicago,

The social charade finally dies down when Edward R. Murrow is called up to a podium after winning an award. With his solemn and discerning voice, Murrow delivers a very powerful and alerting speech regarding the dwindling state of journalism

“It is my desire, if not my duty, to try to talk to you journeymen with some candor about what is happening to radio and television.”

Enter Good Night and Good Luck, a movie about headstrong news broadcaster Murrow and the CBS crew going against tyrant-like Senator Joe McCarthy. TV and broadcast is hardly mainstream, The American people are gripped in fear of Communism making its way into their country. This fear is strongly harbored by McCarthy’s tireless propaganda of America falling under such a threat. The senator has made tireless accusations against anyone he suspected was under Communist influence

Unfortunately, Air Force pilot Milo Radulovich was a victim of McCarthy’s Communist rant. As a result, he was discharged from the military without a fair and formal trial. Once Murrow and his colleague Fred Friendly heard about this, they decided to do a story about it. Their report on the story questioned the fairness, procedure of Radulovich’s discharge and whether there was reasonable substance or proof behind McCarthy’s charges.

Such investigative reporting by Murrow was a quest for the unalterable truth, an opportunity to dig out the hard facts and dutifully inform the American people. it also challenged McCarthy as an authority. McCarthy then accused Murrow of being Communist as well.  McCarthy had accused Murrow of associating with Communist becausse one Communist writer had dedicated a book to him.

Unlike McCarthy, Murrow did not just say he was not Communist but used journalism as his tool to shell out the truth. I liked the fact that he read directly from the dedicated book and stated how the Communist respected their opposing views. He showed that McCarthy’s accusations were ineffective and not true. In the end McCarthy looked like an idiot.

Murrow and Friendly used effective techniques to assemble a good package. They and the rest of the CBS crew would  sit down together and brainstorm what to come up with. Whatever findings they made, they jumped into it and implemented it in their show. Including the Radulovich story as well.

“There’s no news boys, so go out there and make some news. Rob a bank, mug an old lady, whatever- just do something,” Friendly said.

It was not always easy for Murrow to put out hard-hitting journalism. Sometimes it had to be monitored. CBS Chairman Bill Paley played a big part in story selection. He respected Murrow but was not a big fan of his controversial reports and would rather have Murrow do the casual and soft one-on-one interviews to please sponsors. All Paley cared about was business, sponsors and viewer ratings with hig-profile interviews.

Paley even had the power to censor Murrow and his show. After Murrow’s controversial report on McCarthy making Communist accusations without proof. Paley limited Murrow’s show to certain viewing times.

Despite that, Murrow, Friendly and the CBS crew seized the opportunity to always report the truth. Murrow was persistent and fair as he pleaded and constantly offered McCarthy to come to his show for a rebuttal. He had the courage to question those in power and their methods. I also admire Friendly’s ability to stand up to military generals and not fold under pressure as he claimed he would air the story about Radulovich.

“Who? Who? Who are these people, sir? Who are the people Are they elected? Are they appoined? is it you?”

From the movie I learned that journalism is a vehicle that helos drives the truth home and we should not fear of being accused or getting looked down upon because we want to dig out the truth. It was the most important Murrow was getting at and he never deviated from that

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